Top 10 best recycling tips
Need some help making more of your recycling? Perhaps you just need a bit of practical advice on what can go where? Fear not, we’re here to help with our handy top 10 best recycling tips to make life a bit easier when it comes to being environmentally responsible.
Try so get into the habit of recycling every day, and not just a mad panic the night before the bins are due to be emptied. A few minutes each day sorting your recycling doesn’t sound like much effort but will quickly turn into a big chore if left to the last minute.
Clean as you go. If your recycling is picked up monthly, do yourself a favour and rinse out food containers, bottles or jars before you add them to your recycling bin so that you keep control of the smell and limit pests or animals attracted by the leftover food smells to your bins. It’s much cleaner and more hygienic.
Have separate bins – in multiple locations. The kitchen or garage are normally the most common areas to keep your recycling bins, but for convenience’s sake, would it make sense for you to have a paper recycling bin in the hallway for you to add junk mail to as soon as it lands through the letterbox? Or how about a plastic or paper recycling section in the hot press near the bathroom for all those plastic bottles or empty toilet roll tubes?
Let technology help make your life easier when it comes to recycling. One of the best recycling tips we could offer you is to download the Bin-ovation app for your phone. This will tell you exactly what goes into what bin and removes any confusion about what you can and can’t recycle.
Compact the rubbish. Crush, squish, stomp on, tear up and make smaller anything you can to fit more into your recycling bin – the more space you save, the more recycling you can fit in.
Prevention is better than cure as they say, so for an easier life when it comes to recycling, these waste prevention tips will really help you get to grips with what you’re buying, what you’re using and what you’re throwing away.
Buy recycled goods to start with to reduce your carbon footprint, and you’ll be helping the planet without even trying. Many of the goods you buy regularly will be made with a percentage of recycled packaging – so check the label before you buy to make a socially responsible choice.
Recycle your water – if you have water that you’ve boiled your morning eggs in, let it cool than feed it to your plants. If you’re emptying your dehumidifier water straight down the plug hole, why not wash the car with it instead. Finding new ways to use the things you have without wasting natural resources is a great way to cut down unnecessary waste.
Shop smarter when it comes to food. Plan your meals in advance so that you only buy what you need, and reuse leftovers in lunches to reduce your food wastage each week.
Get everyone in the household involved in recycling – it’s not one person’s responsibility. Divvy up the chores like any other task.